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Thomas, Cashen named deputy state labor commissioners

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Joe Thomas, a former Democratic state senator from Fairbanks, has been named a deputy commissioner of the state labor department. Thomas...
Resolution would back bill to raise tax ceiling

...paying taxes on the first $20,000 of assessed value in their primary residence. Under SB 122, introduced by Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, municipalities and voters could chose to establish the level anywhere up to $100,000. In a memo...
Lawmakers like gas pipeline report, but questions emerge

...2011 dollars, the study concluded, and could deliver gas to Interior and Southcentral Alaska by 2019.State Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, said he supports the state taking the initiative in building a pipeline if a planned 48-inch pipeline...
Going heavy: Oil type could be king in future

...technological challenges of developing it can be overcome. "Heavy oil, that's the prize that's left," said Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, one of several legislators keeping a close eye on heavy oil and its potential for Alaska. As the Legislature...
Bill would raise minimum wage

...Consumer Price Index (CPI). In a sponsor statement, Democratic Party co-sponsors Bill Wielechowski, of Anchorage, Joe Thomas, of Fairbanks, and Kim Elton, of Juneau, said an increase in the minimum wage was needed to help families cover the...
AP Enterprise: Survey says tough road for oil tax plan

...any other business decision, the Legislature must have a clear idea of what our investment will buy us," said Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks. The AP survey went to all 20 senators two months ahead of session, as Parnell continues to call on...
Bill would help Alaskans with energy costs

...fiscal note detailing the cost. A $3.7 billion surplus has been projected between this year and next, and Sen. Joe Thomas, the bill's primary sponsor, said a goal is to use about 9 cents of every surplus dollar - "mere pennies" of it...
Senate looks at education funding: Vocational learning effort amasses support from rural districts

...allocation for high school CTE programs, but it wouldn't remove vocational education from the 20 percent. State Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, one of the co-chairs of the sponsoring committee, said the idea for the bill came from his office...
Lawmakers disagree on school intervention

...not being heard in the process. Legislators agree that is a problem in need of a fix. A bill commissioned by Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, for the Senate Education Committee, SB194, would affirm local involvement and draw from lessons learned...
Gov's Roads to Resources project still in the slow lane

...Record of Decision by mid-2013, but Kemp said a conflict could result in this record waiting until late 2014. Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, questioned if this was DOT's and the Department of Natural Resources' "No. 1 project" necessary...


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